The Ohio State University alumnus, better known as an Olympic champion and hero, Jesse Owens, recently had a park dedicated to his memory.
Ohio Governor Kasich and two of Owens’ daughters and cadre of OSU track and field team members and coaches gathered at the Owens Memorial Stadium to honor the opening. Another ceremony was also held in the Morgan County park.
Phase one of the Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area will be the adding of 5,735 acres to Ohio’s public park land. Gov. Kasich noted that this will increase to a 13,000 acre addition over the next three years.
Cleveland-born Owens set a world record for the sprint while at Ohio State—often called the Buckeye Bullet thereafter. Owens went on to win not only a great athletic victory at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin by winning four gold medals, it was also a great social and political victory during uncertain times.
Owen’s daughter Marlene stated that the park will be a permanent monument to her father’s achievements.
Marlene Owens Rankin, one of Owen’s daughters, said the park will be a permanent monument to her father’s life.